20-30 November 2019 Current Affairs

New Maharashtra CM | Growth Rate | RIL M-Cap | 2019 Jnanpith Award | BPCL Sale | Shinzo Abe | New Sri Lanka President |

Posted on Nov 30, 2019 09:08 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra on 28 November 2019. What is the name of given to the alliance that includes NCP and Congress apart from Shiv Sena that are powering this new government? - Maha Vikas Aghadi (Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is the name given to the post-election alliance formed after 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election under the leadership of Sharad Pawar of the NCP, Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena and Sonia Gandhi of the Congress. MVA also includes numerous small parties that are opposed to the BJP. This alliance came up with a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that pledges immediate loan waiver for farmers and 80% reservation in jobs for locals)

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2) India’s GDP growth rate slipped to just 4.5% during July-September 2019 quarter. This is the slowest growth rate of Indian economy in how many quarters? – 26 (Indian economy’s growth rate slipped further to just 4.5% during the second quarter ending September 2019. This is the worst growth rate for last 26 quarters or over 6 years. The growth figures were announced by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on 29 November 2019. The sharp slowdown was triggered by a contraction in the manufacturing sector and a deceleration in agriculture, services and construction as well as in utilities, including electricity generation)

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3) Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on 28 November 2019 breached which market capitalization mark to become the first Indian company to do so? – Rs. 10 lakh crore (On 28 November 2019 Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) became the first Indian company to hit the Rs. 10 lakh crore milestone in market capitalization. This happened as company’s shares rose to a record high of Rs. 1,584 apiece)

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4) Who was chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award, as was announced on 29 November 2019? – Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri (Renowned Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri will be conferred with the 55th Jnanpith Award (for year 2019). This announcement was made by the Jnanpith Award Selection Committee on 29 November 2019. He will be the sixth Malayalam writer to win this coveted award, regarded as the most prestigious literary award in India. His poetic works have a rare prophetic character, predicting socio-political developments. Popularly known as Akkitham,he is also known as the  poet who ushered in modernity in poetry)

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5) Union Government will sell how much of its stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), as was announced on 20 November 2019? – 53.3% (The Union Cabinet on 20 November 2019 approved the privatisation of India's second-largest state oil refiner and fuel retailer Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) by selling its 53.3% stake worth around Rs. 63,000 crore in the entity. However, BPCL's 61.7% stake in Numaligarh Refinery will be taken over by another public sector company)

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6) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe achieved which landmark of his leadership during November 2019? – He became Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister (Shinzo Abe became Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister after he marked his 2,887th day in office on 20 November 2019. He took over as Japan's Prime Minister in 2006, becoming the country's youngest leader in the post-World War II era, but had stepped down a year later. He returned to power for the second time in 2012. Till now Katsura Taro (1848-1913) was the longest serving Japanese PM)

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7) Who became the new President of Sri Lanka after winning the 8th Presidential Elections of the country? - Gotabaya Rajapaksha (Gotabaya Rajapaksha won the Presidential elections of Sri Lanka that were held on 16 November 2019. He is the younger brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksha and his party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) defeated Sajith Premdasa’s United National Party (UNP) by over 10% votes. He replaced Maithripala Sirisena on 18 November 2019. Gotabaya Rajapaksha later on 20 November 2019 nominated his brother Mahinda Rajapaksha as the new Prime Minister of the island country. Mahinda had served as Sri Lanka's President from 2005 to 2015)

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8) 26 November 2019 was observed as the 70th Constitution Day. From which year this day has been observed as the Constitution Day? – 2015 (Constitution Day is observed to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India on 26 November 1949. However, the decision to observe Constitution Day was taken in 2015 by a gazette notification as that year was the 125th Birth Anniversary year of Baba Saheb Ambedkar and subsequently the Constitution Day was observed on 26 November every year)

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9) The Indian Railway Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM) was formally inaugurated during November 2019. This institute has been established in which city? – Hyderabad (Indian Railway Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM), the new entity, set up to impart professional training in management of railway finances, was formally inaugurated by Vinod Kumar Yadav (Chairman, Railway Board) on 26 November 2019. This institute has been established in Moula-Ali, Hyderabad. The ensuing batch of probationers belonging to Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) will have opportunity to get trained at IRIFM)

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10) The Union Home Ministry on 20 November 2019 revoked the citizenship of which MLA of the ruling TRS party? - Chennamaneni Ramesh (The Home Ministry evoked Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh's Indian citizenship for concealing facts. The government said Ramesh had German citizenship and didn't fulfil the criteria for seeking Indian citizenship in 2009. Ramesh, who had migrated to Germany in 1993, said he returned to India in 2009 and was granted citizenship here in February that same year)

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